We can do custom colors and styles. You are welcome to submit sketches and the artisans can create samples before you place your order. We do charge for samples, as Nature Bag artisans must be paid for their work. The JungleVine Foundation subsidizes every product, but cannot provide 100 percent subsidy.
We may be able to get photos of your custom design to you within 2 to 3 weeks. (This allows time for the artisans to create the bags.) If you would like samples shipped to you, it will likely take 3 to 5 weeks. Shipping from Laos is considerably more expensive and time consuming than shipping from our warehouse in the United States.
Creating a prototype is more labor intensive than existing designs. Samples and custom bags are more expensive than our standard line of bags. The prices of custom designs are determined by showing the artisans a sketch of what you want and then asking their guidance in pricing them. We do not offer bulk discount pricing on custom orders.
On custom orders, we ask for a 200-piece minimum order. (You can break that into four colors, styles, or sizes of 50 piecess each.)
If you place a 500-bag custom order, expect delivery of your bags to take 8 to 12 weeks. The journey from Luang Prabang up into the mountainous jungle is long and extremely difficult. Sometimes seasonal rains and flooding impede transportation completely for weeks at a time.
We can attach your labels for an additional charge. See the private label information for pricing. You are responsible for shipping your labels to Luang Prabang if you would like us to attach them to your custom designs. Alternatively, you are welcome to add your own labels after you receive the bags.
Exclusivity of Your Custom Design
When we ask the Khmu artisans to create your custom design, we end up purchasing about twice as many bags as you do. We need to be able to sell the surplus production. Depending how unique your design is, we can agree not to produce any more of your design unless it is for an order from you, and we will not associate your brand with any surplus bags we sell. We can also offer you first right of purchase on all of the surplus bags.